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BATTERIES: France's Macron unveils plan to give electric battery industry a jolt

  • Date: 14-02-19
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Europe Auto News

PARIS -- France will invest 700 million euros ($790 million) over the next five years into projects to boost the European electric car battery industry and reduce its automakers' reliance on dominant Asian rivals, President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday.

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EMISSIONS: Beijing Guoliu emission standard is planned to be implemented ahead of schedule

  • Date: 14-02-19
  • Category: EMISSIONS
  • Source: Xinhuannet.com

Beijing will implement the national motor vehicle emission standards in advance. Recently, the Municipal Ecological Environment Bureau issued the "Notice on the Implementation of the Sixth Phase of Motor Vehicle Emission Standards in Beijing (Draft for Comment)" on the official website.

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LITHIUM: Livent's lithium woes in China cloud industry outlook

  • Date: 13-02-19
  • Category: LITHIUM
  • Source: Mining Weekly

Livent on Tuesday forecast a drop in Chinese lithium sales for the year because of uncertainty about the country's electric vehicle subsidies, a worrisome sign for other producers of the key battery component.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Cost parity by 'early 2020s' will be electric vehicle tipping point

A new report by McKinsey forecasts a rapid switch from gas guzzlers to electric vehicles on the world's roads will be boosted by the plummeting costs of owning a battery powered vehicle.

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AUTO SALES: Stable EU auto market in view for 2019, with CO2 and trade challenges ahead

  • Date: 13-02-19
  • Category: AUTO SALES
  • Source: ACEA

Paris, 13 February 2019 – In 2019, EU car sales will stagnate at 2018 levels in terms of units sold, staying close to the 15 million new registrations mark recorded last year, according to new forecasts by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA).

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BATTERIES: Independent review confirms Sconi's importance to nickel and cobalt

  • Date: 12-02-19
  • Category: BATTERIES
  • Source: Mining Weekly

An independent nickel and cobalt sulphate market study has flagged the planned Sconi project, in North Queensland, to be one of the most competitive producers in the world, once operational.

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LITHIUM: Neometals recycling pilot gets under way

  • Date: 12-02-19
  • Category: LITHIUM
  • Source: Mining Weekly

Neometals has commissioned Stage 1 of its lithium-ion battery recycling pilot plant in Canada. The pilot project is intended to demonstrate Neometals’ mixed feed flowsheet, which will accommodate a variety of lithium-ion battery types from multiple sources. The plant is expected to verify assumptions made at bench-scale, and to generate marketing samples of products, while providing essential data required for a front-end engineering design study.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Electric cars are already cheaper to own and run, says study

Petrol and diesel vehicles cost more over four years in UK and four other European nations

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